The fuel discount will no longer be universal as of June 30

A consumer filling the tank of his car. / ARCHIVE

The Government is open to extending the bonus of 20 cents per liter but in any case it will limit it "to consumers who need it most"

Lucia Palacios

The Government is open to extending the bonus of 20 cents per liter of fuel beyond June 30, the date on which the subsidy launched by the Government in the anti-crisis decree approved on April 1 expires. But, in the event that it considers that the conditions to maintain it are met, this aid will no longer be for everyone and will be limited to the families that need it most.

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This was confirmed this Friday by the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, after the debate on the effectiveness of this measure has intensified in recent weeks, since the alarms have gone off after warning that the fuel price has been rising and, in a certain way, absorbing the discount. "Our intention is to be very vigilant and if we have to continue accompanying consumers to be able to face their fuel bills, we will have to outline the most precise systems possible for consumers who need it most."

Both Ribera and the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, had already dropped weeks ago that this aid could be extended if the current crisis situation generated by the invasion in Ukraine continued. And everything indicates that this will be the case, but the duration remains to be specified, which could be another three months and thus cover the summer, a time of great mobility.

It would also be necessary to define who would limit this aid, because what the minister has clearly confirmed this Friday is that it will not be universal. The most vulnerable families would foreseeably be the final beneficiaries, but this bonus could also be extended to certain groups, such as carriers

The price, in maximum

Since last April 1, when the aid came into force, the liter of gasoline and diesel has climbed to record highs and has cost up to five euro cents more than then at the end of last week and the beginning of this , but it is true that in the last four days the price has moderated and now the rise is three cents.

Thus, the liter of diesel rose by more than 2%, although this increase has been reduced. Specifically, it stood at 1.86 euros at the beginning of April and climbed to the historical record of 1.91 euros, although this Friday it decreased to 1.88 euros. Gasoline, for its part, has become even more expensive, 3.3% in the last month, going from almost 1.83 euros to the current 1.89 euros, practically touching the maximum of 1.90 that it registered some days ago.

The measure put in place by the Executive included a state discount of 15 euro cents per liter (and up to 20 cents if it was a small or medium service station, that is, outside the large companies), plus five euro cents that Each oil company had to contribute. With the evolution of costs, these five euros have already eaten the bonus itself.

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